International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Member Fee: $300.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00
Examine the process that students and scholars experience at U.S. consulates when applying for a visa, the decisions that consular officers make, and ways to provide support including how to deal with delays and denials.
Associate Director, Slutzker Center for International Services
Mary Idzior is currently an Associate Director at the Slutzker Center for International Services at Syracuse University. She has worked in the field for over 30 years at both private and public institutions and with both students and scholars. She has been the Chair of NAFSA Region X, the Regional representative in the early days of the NAFSA Academy, a state rep and a former iteration of the Reg Bud.
Carnegie Mellon University Office of International Education
Linda Gentile is the Director of the Office of International Education at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Linda has worked in the field of international education and been a member of NAFSA for over 25 years. Along the way, she has held a variety of NAFSA volunteer positions and participated in a number of conference sessions and workshops. She holds a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Grinnell College.
Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP
David Strashnoy is a senior attorney with Stone Grzegorek Gonzalez LLP and a former consular officer. David spent nearly 10 years serving with the U.S. Department of State in Latin America, Europe, Russia, and Washington, D.C. Based on that experience, he has been able to successfully resolve difficult consular processing matters across all visa categories for his clients. He has broad immigration expertise developed through years of experience managing overseas consular operations and adjudicating all classes of non-immigrant and immigrant visas, as well as representing clients in a wide variety of visa categories.